Thanks for your interest in the Tulsa Schweitzer Fellowship. The 2020-2021 Fellowship programs begins in April 2020 and concludes in May 2021. The application deadline for the 2020-2021 cohort is on February 10, 2020. Here is the application link. As you prepare your application, there are a few things to note:
- The Tulsa chapter accepts both single and partnered applications. Partnered applicants complete a joint application form. Please complete all questions on the form. Incomplete application forms will be disqualified. In addition to answering the questions, all applications must include:
- A resume
- A signed form from your academic institution that indicates support of your Schweitzer Fellowship application (see application link to download the form)
- The names of three references, one of whom must be your proposed Academic Mentor
Finalists will be interviewed in February and/or March. The Fellowship cohort will be announced by April 5.
Please contact chapter director Rachel Gold if you have questions about the application process – email@example.com or 918 728 1652.
The Tulsa Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program is a one-year interdisciplinary, mentored fellowship program for Tulsa-area graduate and professional degree students. The Tulsa Schweitzer Fellows Program works with Fellows to:
- Build their capacity and commitment to improve the health of individuals and communities
- Impact social change through innovative project design and implementation
- Work collaboratively and across disciplines
- Sharpen leadership skills
- Embrace holistic, service-oriented approaches to health
- Use their skills and knowledge in real-life situations
- Become culturally sensitive and compassionate practitioners
- Understand the impact of social and environmental determinants of health
Upon successful completion of the Fellowship, Fellows will join the Fellows for Life network, an interdisciplinary community of professionals across the nation and world who are dedicated and skilled in meeting the health needs of underserved communities.
The Schweitzer Fellowship uses the World Health Organization (WHO) definition of health, which is: a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
Rooted in this holistic understanding of health, Schweitzer Fellows’ projects address not only clinical health issues, but also the social determinants of health—defined by the WHO as the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, and which are mostly responsible for health inequities.
Students enrolled in graduate or professional degree-granting programs from any accredited academic institution in the Tulsa area may apply.
Applicants can come from any academic discipline. Past Fellows have addressed health from a wide range of perspectives and disciplines including education, law, medicine, nursing, fine art, allied health, business, human development, engineering, speech language pathology, divinity studies, public health, engineering and social work.
Applicants must be enrolled in their graduate program throughout the Fellowship year (April until May of the following year).
Prior to Applying
Prospective Fellows are encouraged to explore the needs and interests of local community agencies that match their own interests, through online and community research and individual meetings. From there, prospective Fellows can conceptualize and sketch out a project idea that addresses an unmet health need in an underserved population connected to a local community agency. The project should focus on addressing health and/or the social determinants of health in the population served.
Applicants are encouraged to be creative in developing their project proposals. They should develop a totally unique project in keeping with Dr. Schweitzer’s directive that everyone should find their own Lambaréné––their own special place to serve, and way of serving. Applicants may find inspiration by reviewing past and present Fellows’ projects on the Beyond Boulders blog.
- Provide a direct service that meets a community-defined need and reflects national and local health and well-being priorities, such as Healthy People 2020, the Tulsa County Community Health Improvement Plan and the Tulsa Equality Indicators. Prospective applicants should investigate and reflect on unmet local health-related needs, and think through the ways in which their own energies and talents might contribute to ameliorating one or more of these problems.
- Have the capacity to have enduring value to the community and agency served.
Applicants must identify a potential Academic Mentor at their school and a Site Mentor at the proposed community agency.
Research, fundraising, and policy-based projects are not considered eligible for a Schweitzer Fellowship.
Applicants are encouraged to contact Rachel Gold, Fellowship Director (contact info below), for assistance in identifying a potential project or a project site, to discuss the application process in more detail, or with any other questions.
Required Activities of Fellows
The Schweitzer Fellowship includes an overnight orientation retreat in the Spring and a one day mid-year retreat in the Fall.
Fellows design, implement and evaluate a unique community-based project that addresses an unmet health need. These projects must be at least 200 hours–100 of which are direct service with a participant population, the other 100 are for planning, administration, community exploration, evaluation and sustainability planning. Each Fellow will work under the supervision of a Site Mentor from the participating agency and an Academic Mentor of the student’s choice from the student’s academic institution. In addition, the Fellowship director is available to provide support and guidance throughout the Fellowship year.
The 200 project hours must be conducted separately from any school course requirement. Monthly meetings and other Fellowship programming/reports are not part of the required 200 hours.
Fellows submit monthly reflection reports about their activities and a comprehensive written final report to their Fellowship Director, Academic Mentor, and Site Mentor.
Fellows complete a pre- and post- survey for the Fellowship as well as additional program evaluations. Each Fellow’s Site Mentor also must complete a final Site Mentor survey. These surveys are in addition to each Fellow’s evaluation plan for his/her individual project.
Fellows are required to attend all monthly meetings. Monthly meetings provide the Fellows with leadership development, skills-based workshops, interdisciplinary discussions, time for reflection on projects, and an opportunity to build relationships with their fellow Fellows from diverse fields, as well as community leaders.
In the fall of each year, Fellows work with the Program Director to organize information sessions about the Schweitzer Fellows Program and present information at their schools about their Fellowship experiences.
Fellows receive a stipend of $2,000, distributed in three payments throughout the Fellowship year, as specific program objectives are completed. The stipend may be used in any way the Fellow wishes, including project related costs and personal expenses.
Celebration of Service
Fellows are required to attend a Celebration of Service in their honor at which they present their projects to a wide community audience.
For more information, please contact:
Rachel Gold, Fellowship Director